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UK-based talent hiring firm to establish North American headquarters in Tampa

Strive Sales plans to create 11 jobs over the next two years

Tampa, Fla. (March 2, 2023) – Strive Sales, a UK-based talent hiring agency focused in the software sales industry, announced today it launched its first international office in Tampa, Fla. Strive plans to create 11 jobs over the next two years in sales, account management, and hiring and recruiting roles.

Founded in 2018, Strive Sales builds go-to market teams for venture capital backed software companies to assist with recruitment and sales. Florida has been a hotbed for funding activity lately. According to Crunchbase, Florida saw the biggest percentage increase of any state in venture capital investment between 2021 and last year – a jump of 25%.

“Tampa offers everything we were looking for in a North American headquarters – a robust talent pipeline, an active startup community, low business costs and an excellent quality of life,” said John Hitchen, US Managing Director for Strive Sales. “We’re looking forward to building our team and joining this vibrant community.”

The company has leased space at Industrious in Ybor City to set up operations, which will serve clients throughout the state, alongside continuing to build its portfolio across the whole of North America.

This project was made possible in partnership with Enterprise Florida. The Tampa Bay Economic Development Council has seen an uptick in interest from European companies over the last couple of years looking to launch a U.S. presence. Strive Sales joins a growing list of foreign direct investment (FDI) companies that have selected Tampa for its U.S. operations or headquarters, including Clarify, Inpeco, and iO Associates.

“Demand for tech talent remains at an all-time high in Tampa,” said Angel Gonzalez, chair of the Tampa Bay Economic Development Council and Regional President of SouthState Bank. “Thanks to our friends at Embarc Collective, Tampa Bay Wave and Florida Funders, we’re seeing significant startup activity and venture capital interest in the Tampa Bay area, which is attracting companies like Strive Sales that work with growing technology companies. We’re thrilled to have another international company choose to launch its U.S. operations from Tampa.”

About Strive Sales

Strive Sales is an international software sales recruitment company which helps build world-class go-to-market teams for some of the most disruptive, venture capital backed, software companies across the globe. For more information visit www.strive-sales.com.

About the Tampa Bay Economic Development Council

The Tampa Bay Economic Development Council is the lead designated economic development agency for Hillsborough County and the cities of Tampa, Plant City and Temple Terrace. Established in 2009 as a partnership between the public sector and private corporate investors, the EDC works to advance a diversified local economy that is beneficial to all by attracting, expanding and retaining quality employers, a talented workforce and investment, focusing within targeted industry sectors, including Corporate Headquarters, Financial and Professional Services, Information Technology, Life Sciences, Defense and Security, Distribution and Logistics, and Manufacturing. The EDC exists because of the generous support of more than 100 corporations, Hillsborough County, and the cities of Tampa, Plant City and Temple Terrace.


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